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30 days
Hanoi Old Quarter
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One of the easiest ways to get around Vietnam is with the open bus ticket. This system has been popular with travellers for decades and continues to improve in efficiency and comfort. Operating between all the popular destinations between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the open bus ticket is the most affordable way to traverse the country.

The Vietnam open bus ticket system is simple: you buy one ticket at the start of your trip which allows you to hop between cities along Vietnam’s coast on your own schedule.  A bus timetable comes with your ticket, so you simply call your bus company and tell them you’d like to travel the next day to x location and give them your ticket number. The ticket lets you travel for up to a month.

The Vietnam open bus route stops in the following cities and travels in both directions:

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Phong Nha – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Da Lat –  Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City

This is an example timetable:

From To Departure time Arrival Time Kind of bus
Hanoi Ninh Binh 17:30 20:00 Sleeper bus
Ninh Binh Phong Nha


20:30 04:30


Sleeper bus
Phong Nha Hue 04:30 08:00 Sleeper bus
Hue Da Nang 8:30 11:30 Sleeper bus
  Hoi An   12:30 Sleeper bus
Da Nang Hoi An 11:30 12:30 Sleeper bus
Hoi An Nha Trang 18:00 06:00 Sleeper bus
Nha Trang Da Lat 07:30 14:00 Seat bus
  Mui Ne   15:00 Seat bus
  Sai Gon   17:00 Seat bus
Da Lat Sai Gon 07:30 15:00 Seat bus
  Mui Ne 13:30 15:00 Seat bus
Mui Ne Sai Gon 07:30 12:00 Seat bus

With a month on your ticket, you could easily spend 3 days in each place but the beauty of the open ticket means you can spend longer in places you like and less time in those you don’t.

Compared to travelling in Vietnam by train or plane, the open bus ticket is really affordable. It is possible to pay only $50 for a ticket that takes you all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.

The Vietnam open bus ticket is cheap and convenient but not always the most comfortable way to travel. The driving style in Vietnam is very different to many other parts of the world and you should be prepared with travel sickness tablets and earplugs if you are prone to travel sickness or are a light sleeper. Using the horn is a favorite pastime of Vietnamese bus drivers and weaving through traffic is common.

Which operators you should choose for your open bus tickets in Vietnam?

There are 4 main companies for your trip on the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city
– Queen Open bus, Hung Thanh bus, Camel bus: these companies’ tickets are cheap but also the service is not good. If you want to save your budget, you can choose to go with these one. The drivers and assistants cannot speak a lot of English and they don’t like speaking at all from our experiences. 
– The Sinh Tourist Bus: The bus company is well-recognized in all part of Vietnam but also they’re a bit more expensive than above company. The tickets are around 25% higher than other companies. And they don’t have a stop in Phong Nha also. 

So, why book your Vietnam open bus ticket with The Church Travels?

We want to provide the very best travel experience to all visitors in Vietnam. Therefore, when you book your open bus ticket with us we guarantee support for every step of your journey. Whether you need help with the bus timetable, booking  a specific bus or communicating with the driver, we are here to help. Whether by phone or by Facebook, we can answer any queries and even help you on your journey if you lose your ticket. We also open for you to choose the best companies for you to travel as well even with the Sinh Tourist Bus. You can always contact us for more information!

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